Cube for Teachers is now considered by many Ontario K-12 educators as their central hub for effective collaboration. Since its release in late 2011, thousands of Ontario teachers are now collaborating and sharing links in The Cube.
A quick note: Cube for Teachers will be attending and presenting this year at the ECOO 2013: “Bring IT Together” conference from October 23-25 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. If you are attending, be sure to drop by and get a sneak peak of our upcoming features. It is a fantastic conference for teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their classrooms. We highly recommend it! Click here for more information.
In light of the upcoming conference, we thought we’d dedicate this blog to some wonderful technology tools that have recently been shared by teachers in Cube for Teachers. There are now several thousand links shared inside Cube for Teachers by K-12 educators throughout the province.
Drawing Tool: Wordle
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes.
Presentation Tool: ViewPure
With ViewPure, you can watch YouTube videos with your students without comments, suggestions, etc. Simply add your YouTube link and receive a ViewPure link to post.
Audio Tool: Freesound
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
Image Tool: Pixlr
Pixlr is a free online photo editor. It is available for many platforms including Windows, MacOS, iPhone, Android.
Math Tool: MyScript© Calculator app (Apple, Android)
MyScript© Calculator performs mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting. Easy and intuitive, simply write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.
Image Tool: Iconfinder
This is an icon search engine with over 345 000 icons to select from.
Collaborative Tools & Social Spaces: Wikispaces Classroom
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education. Wikispaces Classroom is free for teachers and students with well over 10 million registered teachers and students already on the platform.
Lastly, thank you for sharing Cube for Teachers with your colleagues. Even when teachers each share one or two of their favourite links, the compounding effect has lead to thousands of amazing educational links – all in one location. The Cube allows a teacher to spend more of their valuable time “with” their students rather than tireless searches for resources.
The Administrative Team